No recent Cali or Iggy awards; Mr Irrelevant
- Aug 15, 2011
On December 15, 1791, Virginia ratified the first ten amendments of the Constitution. With this, the amendments reached the requisite number of state ratifications necessary to become part of the Constitution. Known as the Bill of Rights, the first ten amendments outline the rights of citizens vis-à-vis the federal government. They guarantee that citizens have civil rights and liberties such as freedom of speech, press, and religion; they establish rules for due process of law; they confirm that citizens have rights beyond those spelled out in the Constitution; and they affirm that powers not delegated to the federal government are left to the people and states. It is on today's anniversary of the ratification and implementation of the Bill of Rights that we celebrate Bill of Rights Day.
The Cornell Big Red men’s basketball team practices on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022 in Newman Arena in Ithaca, NY.Eldon Lindsay/Cornell Athletics
SU's next opponent plays with blazing pace. How Earl is building a contender at Cornell (PS; $; Ditota)
The epiphany came to Brian Earl as he was staring into a fire one February day in 2021. He was sitting with a football coach and friend. And after weeks of musing, he decided:
Yes, we’re doing this. We’re going all in.
His Cornell team, sidelined by the Ivy League to a 2020-21 season of Covid-induced shutdown, had spent that winter practicing. Instructed to keep its interpersonal distance during those workouts, the Big Red played plenty of games that involved simply running up and down Newman Arena and shooting 3-point shots.
Seeing those fast exhibitions of running and shooting, Earl got to thinking. He researched basketball teams that played with pace. He considered his roster, which included a lot of players he believed were similar in skill and competency. He bounced ideas off his brother, Dan, the head basketball coach at VMI, and his good friend Matt Langel, the Colgate coach.
And then, he made a decision.
“We’ll play fast, play hard and then we’ll get someone in there who’s similar,” he said.
It’s been almost two years since Earl instituted the principles that now guide his Big Red, which meets Syracuse at 3 p.m. Saturday in the JMA Wireless Dome.
When did Boeheim last change his starting lineup during the season? (Mike’s Mailbox) (PS; $; Waters)
Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim has made it very clear that he has been frustrated with the performance of a few Orange players this seasons.
Specifically, Boeheim hasn’t been happy with freshman forward Chris Bell’s lack of rebounds.
“I can’t play somebody that can’t get a rebound in the game,’' Boeheim said following SU’s win over Monmouth on Monday. Bell had zero rebounds in 12 minutes in the game.
“I just can’t do it. We can’t win that way. So we’re going to have to think about that and think about what we’re going to do going forward.”
So will Boeheim make a change to his starting lineup? One reader had a very pertinent question after the Monmouth game.
SU soon dives into ACC play. What does Boeheim think of his team’s development? (PS; $; Waters)
Prior to the start of the season, Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said his young team would need 10 games to get acclimated to the college game.
The Orange roster consisted of just two returning starters, three reserves, six freshmen and one sophomore transfer.
After Syracuse’s 11th game of the season against Monmouth on Monday night, Boeheim was reminded of his 10-game marking point.
“I misspoke,’’ he said. “That’s not going to get it done for some of them.’’
Syracuse’s record stands at 7-4 through these first 11 games. The Orange lost to Colgate for the second-straight year. It also dropped a one-point decision at home to Bryant. A 29-point shellacking at Illinois on Nov. 29 dropped the Orange’s record to 3-4.
But Syracuse has bounced back with a four-game win streak, including a tough road win at Notre Dame and a solid 83-64 takedown of arch-rival Georgetown at home.
The Orange has one more non-conference game against Cornell on Saturday before diving into ACC play for the rest of the season.
So what does Boeheim know about his team at this juncture that he didn’t know prior to the season?
What Should Syracuse’s Starting Lineup Be? – Orange Fizz – Daily Syracuse Recruiting News & Team Coverage (orangefizz.net; Frank)
Through Syracuse’s first 11 games of the season, Jim Boeheim has used the same starting lineup. That’s not uncommon, most years when Boeheim picks a lineup he tends to stick with it unless something drastic happens or there’s an injury. This season, it’s been Joe Girard III, Judah Mintz, Chris Bell, Benny Williams, and Jesse Edwards.
It’s safe to say three out of those five spots are locks to start the entire season, Girard, Mintz, and Edwards. Williams would also be close to if not a lock because he’s the most experienced forward on the roster, the most talented, and has the best combination of size, athleticism, and shooting (crazy right). But, Chris Bell, Syracuse’s second highest-ranked freshman recruit behind Mintz, has struggled, particularly defensively and rebounding.
At least once a press conference, if not more, Boeheim goes out of his way to comment on Bell’s rebounding, and after the Orange’s 86-71 win over Monmouth, did not make a clear statement that the starting lineup would change, but that he might be thinking about it.
What Would Bringing In Elijah Moore Accomplish? – Orange Fizz – Daily Syracuse Recruiting News & Team Coverage (orangefizz.net; Griffin)
The obvious answer is that Syracuse would add a four-star guard from the class of 2024 that has also gotten offers from the likes of Arkansas, Illinois, St. John’s, and Xavier. That instantly says a lot about his prowess. But bringing in Moore sooner rather than later would put the program back on the map when it comes to recruiting.
It’s been well-documented here on the Fizz that recruiting the class of ’23 has been anything but successful. Players have been flying off the board left and right, and not one has chosen to head to the 315. JP Estrella. Papa Kante. Elijah Gertrude. Zion Cruz. We could go on and on naming prospects Jim Boeheim and company have failed to bring in. It’s gotten more and more demoralizing to see recruits not pick Syracuse, but bringing in someone from the class of ’24 would provide a much-needed spark.
Moore grew up in the Bronx, and it’s no secret how good the high school/AAU basketball circuit is in and around New York City. He also plays at Cardinal Hayes High School which just so happens to be the same school at which highly-touted 5-star PG Ian Jackson plays at. The last 5-star recruit to commit to the Orange was Chris McCollough all the way back in 2014. It may still be a long shot, but bringing in Moore would help bring in Jackson, and vice versa.
Now let’s talk about what Moore can do as a player. One word especially comes to mind… shooter. It’s no secret that this year’s team has lacked three-point shooting prowess after the 2021-22 squad lived and died by the long ball. And considering there are no shooters coming up for SU in the class of ’23 because well, there is no one for SU in the class of ’23, it would fill a major need. Not to mention Joe Girard, the only “consistent” three-point shooter on this year’s squad, is more likely than not done in the 315 after this season. We live in an era of basketball where many teams live and die by their three-point shooting, bringing in Moore would certainly pull SU towards the “live” side of that equation.
Syracuse Basketball: 4-star priority recruit vs. Melo 4-star son in NYC clash (itlh; Adler)
This weekend, two powerhouse high-school programs in New York City will face off, and this enticing encounter has multiple connections to Syracuse basketball recruiting efforts in the 2024 and 2025 cycles.
On Sunday, Dec. 18, beginning at 1 pm, Cardinal Hayes High School in the Bronx, N.Y., will host Christ the King Regional High School in Middle Village, N.Y.
According to high-school hoops experts, both the Cardinal Hayes Cardinals and the Christ the King Royals are anticipated to compete for top-25 national rankings in the recently commenced 2022-23 season.
That being said, each NYC squad has suffered multiple losses thus far in 2022-23, albeit to some really excellent opponents. When I wrote this column, the MaxPreps Web site said that Cardinal Hayes was 3-4, while Christ the King was 2-2.
Syracuse basketball fans will want to keep close tabs on a battle in the Big Apple.
One of the standouts for the Cardinals is 2024 four-star shooting guard Elijah Moore. The 6-foot-4 Moore was offered a scholarship by the Orange this past April.
In recent months, he has taken both an official visit and an unofficial visit to the ‘Cuse. Moore, rated in the top 100 of the junior class by numerous recruiting services, speaks quite highly of the ‘Cuse, and he is clearly a priority target for Syracuse basketball coaches in the 2024 cycle.
Syracuse men’s basketball: Boeheim 1⁄4 zip tracker update (TNIAAM; Wall)
We’ve got a few days between Syracuse Orange games so it’s a good time to dive into the analytics...the fashion analytics.
That’s right, it’s time for the 1st update of the Boeheim 1⁄4 zip tracker for the 22-23 season.
2022-23 Boeheim 1⁄4 zip tracker
|Black Coaches vs Cancer|
|No Syracuse logo|
|Boeheim 1/4 Zip Breakdown||W-L||Home||Road/Neutral|
|Blue Block S||2-1||1-1||1-0|
|Grey Block S||1-1||0-1||1-1|
|Grey No Logo|
|White Block S||3-0||3-0|
|White No Logo|
|Black Coaches vs Cancer|
Wouldn’t be shocking to see Jim go with the white Block S for every home game the rest of the way.
(youtube; podcast; Locked on Syracuse)
Matt Bonaparte and Owen Valentine explore some of the most pressing topics facing Syracuse Basketball at the moment. What does the next month look like? Who should get more playing time? The most important role player? It's your Wednesday Episode of Locked On Syracuse.
Syracuse in NBA: Jerami Grant feels at home in Portland - The Juice Online (the juice; Dagostino)
As we approach the December 15th threshold for when players who were signed in the offseason are eligible to be traded, we check in again to see how our favorite Syracuse players are faring in the NBA…
Buddy Boeheim. Last time we checked in on Boeheim, he had played in just one NBA game for the Detroit Pistons. He still sits at just one game played this season. On October 21, Boeheim registered one minute of action, but didn’t attempt a shot, record a rebound, dish out an assist or anything else… an error-free minute! Detroit currently owns the worst record in the league and, this week, announced their star second-year guard Cade Cunningham will have season-ending surgery on his shin. The Pistons, despite having an exciting group of young, impact talent, is still clearly in rebuild mode. That may help Boeheim’s chances of seeing court time later this season.
Oshae Brissett. The Indiana Pacers were a .500 team (5-5), as of the last update. A month later, they are once again a .500 team at 14-14. But Brissett has become a more regular part of the rotation. After averaging just 8.0 minutes per game through the first 10 games, he has doubled that number to 16.0 minutes per game, to this point. He had scored just four points in his first five games (he missed half of the first 10 games). Since then, he has scored in double figures in six games, including in four of seven December games. So far this month, he has averaged 20.0 minutes, along with 8.9 points and 4.7 rebounds a contest.
Jerami Grant. Despite Damian Lillard missing 12 games so far this season, the Portland Trail Blazers have stayed afloat in the Western Conference with a 15-12 record. Credit some of the water treading to Grant, who is enjoying a career-best 22.6 points per game thus far. After a bit of a slow start with 15.7 points per game in six October games, Grant has acclimated himself to the Portland roster, scoring 24.9 points a game (and shooting 49 percent from beyond the arc) in November and 24.0 points per game in December. Grant had a five-game stretch in late November and into December where he averaged 33 points and had scoring outputs of 44 points, 33 points and 32 points.
Wings at Duskees. (Danielle Benjamin | Contributing Writer)
CNY’s best wings? Pizza? Diner? See the winners of the 2022 syracuse.com Readers’ Choice Awards (PS; $; Staff)
Who has the best pizza in Central New York? Wings? Italian food? Chinese?
Syracuse.com asked readers to nominate and vote for their favorite local businesses in the 2022 Readers’ Choice Awards. And those readers have spoken.
More than 90,000 votes were cast across 120 categories, recognizing businesses in Cayuga, Cortland, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego, Seneca and Tompkins counties.
Listed below are the winners from the food and drink categories. For results from all 120 categories, including shopping, automotive services, outings and local professionals, visit the Readers’ Choice Awards website.
Best BakeryWinner: Harrison Bakery
Second Place: Peace, Love and Cupcakes
Runner-Up: Sugar Top Bake Shoppe
Best BarWinner: Blarney Stone
Second Place: Angry Garlic
Runner-Up: Gino’s Cheese Steak & Onion
Best BBQWinner: Dinosaur Bar-B-Que
Second Place: Limp Lizard
Runner-Up: Ray Brothers BBQ
Best BreweryWinner: Heritage Hill
Second Place: Meier’s Creek
Runner-Up: Middle Ages
Best BrunchWinner: Rise N Shine
Second Place: Finally Ours
Runner-Up: Brewer Union Cafe
Best Cake ShopWinner: Biscotti
Second Place: Peace, Love and Cupcakes
Best Chinese FoodWinner: Red Chili
Second Place: China Pavilion
Runner-Up: China Wong’s